Class of 2024
Shaoyang Li joins the GHD program with five years of financial services experience from working at Scotiabank’s large corporate credit risk management function in Toronto, Canada. She holds a Master’s degree in Financial Economics from the University of Western Ontario and an MBA from Concordia University in Montreal.
Shaoyang’s interests in development issues started after an internship on a sugar plantation and factory in rural Mali. After witnessing first hand the struggles of local smallholders, she spent the next eight summers volunteering for low-income small scale farms around the world. In 2021, Shaoyang joined non-profit Earthax as a pro-bono consultant, where she developed financing strategies to bring sustainable farming techniques to twelve villages in San Martin, Peru. Following the success of the project, Shaoyang was inspired to dedicate her career in development and later founded Impact Consulting Toronto, a pro-bono consultancy, to make strategic planning services more affordable to local social enterprises in Canada.
Post-GHD, Shaoyang’s goal is to use her banking and business management experience to work with social ventures on long-term sustainable farming solutions that will benefit low-income smallholders.